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Disappointing Madden 19 Ultimate Team “Legends” drop leads to public outcry

Published: 19/Jan/2019 17:44 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 17:51

by Joe Bartel


Three players hit Madden 19 Ultimate Team Legends on Saturday and have incited plenty of public outrage from the Madden community.

Underwhelming. Undeserving. Embarrassing. Frustrating. There’s a lot of words that could be used to describe this week’s group of “Legends”, which found the word “Playoffs” slapped in front of them Saturday in a flimsy veiled attempt to make the players chosen seem intriguing.

But make no mistake, none of those words could be considered remotely positive after what figures to be the worst drop of Legends the entire year.

Two active players received the base Legends this week, marking the first time since Madden 17 EA opted to recycle not just actual Legends cards, but players who haven’t even retired yet. 

In truth, the idea would have likely been more well-received if the players were actually community favorites, instead of simultaneously selecting the closest thing to Legends (i.e. active players on the brink of retirement) without them, you know, actually being “legends”.

Greg Olsen was the first player to be revealed, and while the item is fine in its own right, there’s just absolutely no way the position needs another high-end option. 

No, we’re not joking, just look at this timeline for recently released players at the TE position:

  • Dec. 15 – 94 overall Dallas Clark
  • Dec. 28 – 95 overall Jeremy Shockey
  • Dec. 29 – 95 overall Shannon Sharpe
  • Dec. 29 – 95 overall Rob Gronkowski
  • Jan. 3 – 95 overall Hunter Henry
  • Jan. 3 – 95 overall Zach Ertz
  • Jan 14 – 95 overall George Kittle
  • Jan. 17 – 95 overall Vernon Davis

That’s three of the last six Legends weekends that have required a TE, and literally every new promo save for Football Outsiders that have yielded an upper tier elite option.

Other than Larry Fitzgerald, who i’m sure is overdue for a Playoffs LTD at some point, there’s not a greater ambassador for the “Old and Boring” club than Terrell Suggs, who also received a Legends item Saturday, marking his fifth upgrade this season. 

Some of those make sense, like the since departed Veterans and Night Guardians promos, but when you’re highest overall card boosted 76 speed prior to today, it’s unlikely the item will be anything more than a homage to past dominance.

To reiterate, there is nothing wrong with providing some older “active” players new items, but to fit it in under the Legends umbrella is an egregious mistake and continues to further degrade a Legends program that was at one point the highlight of a given MUT week. 

At least in the case of Ed “Too Tall Jones”, the left end is a new legend and is unique in the sense that he’s 6-foot-8. 

He’s also pretty good with 96 Blockshed, 94 Strength and 94 Power Moves and should wreak havoc along the defensive line. 

The only negative is that he shares the same position as Cowboys current 95 overall LE Demarcus Lawrence, forcing theme teams to make a difficult choice. 

His presence doesn’t save yet another disappointing weekend of Legends, but if you ignore the likes of Olsen and Suggs, which the majority of the Madden community will likely do, Jones stacks up pretty well to the other options at the LE position.

At the end of the day, however, the community sentiment, which has risen in terms of unrest throughout the week thanks to a lack of fully-fledged content, looks to have reached a fever pitch as players near their breaking point. 


Madden NFL launches multi-year collegiate program across 2,500 campuses

Published: 28/Oct/2020 14:06

by Adam Fitch


Electronic Arts and Learfield IMG College have entered a multi-year partnership to find future esports stars at colleges.

Level Next, The College Esports League, is said to support over 2,500 campuses across the United States and starts with Madden NFL 21. Beginning on November 9, registration is open to all college students that are attending a four-year accredited university.

The league will “feature at least one of EA’s esports franchises” and serves as the gaming company’s official home for collegiate esports.

There’s no word on other titles that the league may adopt in the future but EA are also behind FIFA, NHL, and Apex Legends.

Level Next, The College Esports League
Level Next, The College Esports League will initially utilize Madden NFL 21.

Taking collegiate esports to the next level?

An eight-week regular season will lead to playoffs and a culminating championship, with the winning team being named the national champions. The Fall Champions Series will have a $150,000 total prize pool.

The Madden NFL 21 Championship Series is the official top flight of competition for the American football game and includes sponsors such as Pizza Hut, Snickers, Verizon, and Gillette. The 2021 Club Championship, which is part of the series is set to give out $750,000 across its competitors.

“Until now, collegiate esports has been primarily small-scale, community-based and fragmented. This program will bring the excitement and camaraderie of college competition to a new level,” said Todd Sitrin, SVP of EA’s competitive efforts.

“By leveraging EA’s decades of experience at the intersection of traditional sports and esports, and Learfield IMG College’s unprecedented scale and position as the official rights holder for more than 200 universities and conferences, this collaboration will establish a much-needed structure within the collegiate esports ecosystem and help accelerate Madden NFL competitive gaming popularity.”

The ultimate goal of Level Next is to “unify competitive play at universities nationwide,” which also provides a platform for up-and-coming talent to show off their abilities.

Much like in traditional sports, esports organizers are looking to schools and colleges to create a talent pipeline across multiple gaming titles.